After four years, it appears the U.S. construction market has bottomed out and is beginning the slow climb out of recession. For many large U.S. design firms, this development is cause for both relief and celebration. But for other design firms, particularly in the public infrastructure markets, uncertainty about the future remains a constant.The signs of the recession's end can be seen in ENR's Top 500 Design Firms list. The Top 500, taken as
Offshore wind seeks a place in the U.S. power mix, with the start-up imminent of a 30-MW Rhode Island wind farm, America’s first. European competitors and oil-sector veterans are bringing technology and cost efficiency.